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Novel chemical process developed to produce biobased levulinic acid for drop-in fuel [Registered]

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a process for the production of branched C7-C10 hydrocarbons in the gasoline volatility range from biomass-derived levulinic acid with good yield, operating under relatively mild conditions, with short reaction times. Considering that levulinic acid is available with more than 80% conversion from cellulosic feedstocks, a field-to-tank yield of drop-in, cellulosic gasoline of more than 60% is possible, the researchers claimed. Findings are published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. UC Davis has filed provisional patents on the process, and is making it available for licensing. The process dehydrates the biomass-derived…

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